Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Darcy Pattison's MY CRAZY DOG: MY NARRATIVE ESSAY reviewed in School Library Journal

Are you helping visual learners learn how to write narrative essays? If so, then MY CRAZY DOG: MY NARRATIVE ESSAY (Mims House), written by Darcy Pattison, is a good choice according to the review in the November 2015 issue of School Library Journal:

If you would like Darcy to come to your school and talk to your students herself, just contact Balkin Buddies about booking her for a visit.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Emily Arnold McCully's PETE MAKES A MISTAKE reviewed in School Library Journal

School Library Journal finds that PETE MAKES A MISTAKE (Holiday House), written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully "is perfect for brand new readers." Here's the whole review that appeared in the November 2015 issue:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Neal Shusterman's CHALLENGER DEEP wins the 2015 National Book Award in Young People's Literature

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, the National Book Foundation announced this year’s National Book Awards and we're happy to report that Neal Shusterman's CHALLENGER DEEP (HarperTeen) won the award in the Young People's Literature category.

The National Book Foundation's mission is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. That mission was definitely accomplished in the Young People's Literature category this year!

Please join us in congratulating Neal on an award well deserved.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dean Pitchford's NICKEL BAY NICK is a Georgia Children's Book Award Finalist

We're pleased to report that NICKEL BAY NICK (Puffin/Penguin) by Dean Pitchford is a finalist for the 2015-2016 Georgia Children’s Book Award in the Grades 4-8 category.

Established in 1968, the Georgia Children’s Book Awards are nominated by teachers, media specialists, and other children’s literature enthusiasts from the state of Georgia. Students across the state will vote on which books they think should win for each of the categories. The authors and illustrators of the winning books are often featured speakers at the annual Conference on Children’s Literature held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Georgia, which is held in March.

Please join us in congratulating Dean on the nomination! And if any Georgia schools would like to Skype with him, just contact Balkin Buddies for details.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rebecca Behrens speaks at the American Association of School Librarians Conference (AASL) on 11/6/2015 in Columbus, OH

If you're a school library media specialist anywhere near Columbus, Ohio, you won't want to miss the American Association of School Librarians Conference (AASL), which will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 400 North High Street from Nov. 5 to 8, 2015. 

Middle grade author Rebecca Behrens, author of WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE (Sourcebooks), about a modern first daughter who finds solace in the words of a contemporary from more than a century before when reads Alice Roosevelt's diary, will join author Gayle Rosengren in Room C212 of the convention center on the MAKING IT REAL: BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE THROUGH FICTION strand on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11:20 to 12:20:

The authors had a lot of fun creating this presentation, and we hope you’ll enjoy their presentation. 

They'll also be signing in the Author Signing Booth on Friday from 1:00 to 1:30 pm. Rebecca will have her first pieces of SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster) swag and WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE bookplates, stickers, and more. Copies of WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE will be for sale in the conference bookstore, as will Gayle's books, WHAT THE MOON SAID and COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET (both Putnam/Penguin Random House).

AASL is the only national conference devoted solely to the needs of school library media specialists. We're sure you have a wonderful and productive time!

Friday, October 30, 2015

MY STORY, MY DANCE, by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James Ransome reviewed in Booklist

In addition to being a wonderful author and illustrator, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome are wonderful presenters and share an affinity with their readers. They are both available for school visits individually or together. For schools interested in booking one or both of them, just go to Balkin Buddies to learn about their presentations and how to book them.